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The SLLC Advisory Board Award

The Award was established by the Advisory Board in 2017. It is intended to honor a  KU graduate who has made a significant contribution in a field related to the SLLC's mission: understanding the world through the study of languages, literatures and cultures, past and present.



Dan Davidson (President Emeritus, American Councils, and Director, American Councils Research Center) 

Dr. Davidson (BA, Russian and German, Kansas; Ph.D., Slavic Languages, Harvard University) is Senior Academic Advisor and President Emeritus of American Councils for International Education (Washington, D. C.) and Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Bryn Mawr College. He is author/editor of 44 books and 65 scholarly articles on Russian language, culture and international education. Davidson was named in 2015 to the Commission on Languages, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Russian Academy of Education, the Ukrainian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Vice-President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian (MAPRIAL), and past chair of the College Board World Languages Advisory Committee, the Joint National Committee for Languages, and the Alliance for International Education Exchange.

"For over 40 years Dan has been a major advocate for second language acquisition and an inspirational leader in the field of international education.  Moreover, from the time that the SLLC was first established in 2014, Dan has been one of its most important supporters and advisors.  And I am proud to add that, beginning tomorrow, Dan will join us as a member of the SLLC Board of Advisors." - Rex Niswander, Chair, SLLC Advisory Board (Fall 2015- Spring 2018)


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